Since this year’s annual Emmy Award nominations were revealed, speculation has been rife over which TV shows will win in each category. Widely expected to sweep the board is the love-them-or-hate-them, happy-clapping cast of Glee, which has picked up a staggering 19 nominations. The event will also see long-standing comedy favourite 30 Rock (which scooped five wins in 2009) go head to head with the critically acclaimed mockumentary Modern Family across numerous categories, with 15 and 14 nominations respectively. Long-running drama Lost is another favourite, mainly due to the fact it finally reached its conclusion after six seasons (an epic 121 episodes) across six gruelling years.
So who do we think will win? In an effort to abstain from listless repetition, we’ve focused on a few alternative favourites.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Nominees: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, The Office, 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie, Glee
Our pick: Modern Family
While it’s less well-known than fellow nominees in this particular region, Modern Family has become a firm favourite with viewers in the US since it first aired to an audience of 12.6 million in 2009. Last year’s winner, 30 Rock, is a strong contender, but the relative success of its newcomer rival – which, in its first season featured guest appearances from the likes of Edward Norton and Kobe Bryant – is bound to have an impact on voters.
Outstanding Drama Series
Nominees: True Blood, Dexter, Mad Men, The Good Wife, Breaking Bad, Lost
Our pick: Lost Though hardly a beacon of television genius, Lost has accumulated no less than 13 nominations this year. It is expected to win this category, largely due to it finally reaching its long-anticipated conclusion. In the meantime, the thinking public hold hopes for a hat-trick by Mad Men or recognition for Breaking Bad, which follows a chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer into a world of meth and murder.
Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series
Nominees: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Real Time with Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
Our pick: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
After having his contract bought out by NBC in January so it could put that old fossil of late-night TV, Jay Leno, back on his perch, what better way for O’Brien to stick it to the man than by winning his category? Funnily enough, NBC is also hosting this year’s awards…
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Nominees: Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Hugh Laurie (House), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Matthew Fox (Lost)
Our pick: Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
We love Hugh Laurie’s sarcastic alter-ego, Gregory House, and will continue to do so long after his final curtain call. Unfortunately for us, he’s an unlikely candidate to take home the trophy. Kyle Chandler is widely tipped to win, leading a show that – despite its miserable ratings – is highly regarded by Academy voters for its portrayal of Middle America. Snore.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominees: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Lea Michele (Glee), Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Our pick: Tina Fey (30 Rock)
If this one isn’t doled out to somewhat beige Glee star Lea Michele, it’s got to go to Fey. The first ever female head writer at Saturday Night Live already has a stack of awards to her name for her hilarious performances as a comedian and actress. While talking about playing Sarah Palin on SNL, for which she previously won an Emmy, Fey said ‘We’re gonna take it week by week. If she wins, I’m done. I can’t do that for four years. And by “I’m done,” I mean I’m leaving Earth.’
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominees: Mike O’Malley (Glee), Fred Willard (Modern Family), Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie), Jon Hamm (30 Rock), Neil Patrick Harris (Glee), Will Arnett (30 Rock)
Our pick: Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)
Harris put on such an exceptionally hilarious performance during his appearance as Bryan Ryan that we couldn’t bring ourselves to ignore it. His Glee persona doesn’t deviate far from How I Met Your Mother’s Barney, with several hints that suggest the two characters share a one-track mind, and for that we thank him.
The Emmy Awards will be screened on August 30 at 9pm on America Plus.